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Red Sea Reefer XXL 625 - Cherub

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by Cherub, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Hello all,

    It's been a while since I had an aquarium due to life events. I ended up moving to Centennial this past winter to top it all off. Sold my old house in June. I am in a larger home than before and doing great so I decided it's time for another build! I love the hobby and missed it immensely so of course I crave getting wet again. Life has simmered down for the time being and I have a great spot for a new tank so why not?!

    I plan on being active again with the club, same old DBTC stuff and attending meetings. I can never do Saturday meetings unfortunately but if it's a Sunday count me in!

    I started ordering parts and I did order an aquarium through Aquatic Arts, thanks Cris! It should be here in a month. I went with the newly released Red Sea Reefer XXL 625 deluxe, as per the title lol. I wanted the larger 750 but it was just too long for the space. I hired a structural engineer to make sure I can have this and I can. The tank will be right above a steel beam so I should be fine. I went with the deluxe because it has the lights included, 3 AI Hydra 26 HD and at a price point that basically gives you the third light free. I may add a 4th if I feel like it's lacking but Red Sea knows their stuff so I'm guessing 3 will be enough. Plus the sump they come with is amazing! The reefers are in high demand right now so it takes a bit to get one, Chris thinks about 3-4 weeks. This gives me ample time to get all my ducks in a row, plus I am still needing floor repairs due to ripping out some built ins.

    Equipment I've ordered so far and actually I think I'm about done but let me know if I missed anything.

    Red Sea Reefer XXL 625
    3 AI Hydra 26 HD with mounts
    MP40WQD x2
    Syncra Silent 5.0 for the return
    Flipper glass cleaner
    300w Jager heater x2
    Reef Octopus classic 6" (not sure if this is permanent, feedback appreciated)
    GHL ProfiLux 4 Mega-set controller(comes with probes and junk)
    130lbs Marco Rock
    60lbs special grade Caribsea Sand (may add more)
    Kessil H80 Tuna Flora fuge light with gooseneck
    30 gallon QT/hospital tank set up thanks to Petco $1 gallon sale :)
    several supplements and reactor media though I plan on using the filter socks in the sump for media for now as Red Sea claims this is enough, if I have issues I will order reactors.
    and that's it for what I've ordered.

    I plan on getting some dosing pumps, likely the GHL one to go with the controller. Also the mounts that the lights come with are not really what i want, i will likely order the new rail system soon since it's very versatile. I still have my RO unit from my last build so all kosher there. Salt, I think I will be using the red sea stuff this time around. Anyone have suggestions? I haven't gotten any yet but I will be setting up my QT tonight to get that cycling and will start getting fish. Looking at clowns initially.

    I'm super excited about the build. I will likely do a couple of videos for set up. Cris has graciously offered to build my aquarium stand and deliver it for a small fee which I am truly grateful for. So no videos of the actual building of the stand. You guys seriously, Cris Capp at Aquatic Arts is an amazing vendor and super easy to work with. His prices are fair and quality is top notch! I will always recommend his services.

    One of the things I hated about this hobby, still do, is the freakin aiptasia. I will be super picky going forward as far as frags and equipment. I wish I could have bought some items used as this was ultra expensive but this guarantees lowest possible exposure to aiptasia and other reef herpes. I will use the heck out of my QT for frags and even scrape frags and replug them. Coral dip, bayer dip, whatever it takes. I plan on buying a pod and chaeto kit form AlgaeBarn once I'm cycled enough as it seems like a super clean set up. I'm pretty sure I got aiptasia from my last chaeto lol...

    I am posting this thread because I love this club, many of you I call friends and I missed doing things with you guys/gals. I look forward to being involved again. I will also be open to hosting an occasional meeting now that I have the space for it once I'm up and running.

    Anyway that's it for now. Feel free to recommend or comment on this thread. I will post pics/videos as things progress.


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  2. JuanGutz

    JuanGutz Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Welcome back! Look forward to the build thread. Things have been a little slow lately. It hopefully will
    be picking up here soon.
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  3. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Awesome! Gonna be a sweet build. Hopefully my red hornets will grow soon that I got from you before you got out. Never did great under my leds but look much better in my big frag system. If so ill throw you a frag in return of the dbtc. If you want of course
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  4. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    nice, hornets would be awesome. TYVM
  5. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    My only recomendation is that you return that profilux and get an apex. Way more user friendly now that they added wizards and tasks and way more customizable if you take some time to learn the coding language (or just post what you want to happen and I can tell you the code).

    You might be an engineer if...You have no life and can prove it mathematically.
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  6. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Yeah tt was a toss up between these two and the cerebra which who knows when it will be out or even the eKoral but per several posts on R2R the GHL is more reliable and trust worthy then the apex. Not sure how much of it is user error but I'm pretty sold on the ProfiLux for now. Otherwise I would get the one for sale on here lol. It's a sweet deal and less than I paid for the GHL
  7. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Those new reefers look amazing! You get s lot for the price. Where do you live? I'd love to see one in person.

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  8. Haddonisreef

    Haddonisreef Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Glad to see ya back Gabe lmk when your ready I'll can cut u a few frags.
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  9. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'm in Centennial just north of Park meadows mall. You can check it out once it arrives lol
  10. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks that's super generous of you! I'm certainly glad to be back :) This is an addiction for sure lol
  11. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Started getting equipment in. Woohoo! Protein skimmer and MP40's and a few other things.



    Really excited about the MP40's. I always had the cheap pumps before because these are pretty pricey and I never was really convinced of the benefits but I read the "Jeabo Pumps Bad of America" post. I really wanted to fix it and say "for" BTW lol but anyhow that post hit home so here I am over paying for something hopefully worth every penny. I do appreciate that thread and if you want to read it here is the link, it is a MASC post after all.


    getting closer to my new build!
  12. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Don't forget to pee in it.

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  13. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Just saw a 750 today! Congratulations on the amazing tank you picked up. Good luck with the build. Looking forward to seeing what you do.

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  14. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Here's a new post on R2R, and there are lots that convinced me not to go with apex. Even BRS reviews. Again I'm not sure how much of it is user error but I haven't seen any bad reviews for the profilux

  15. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    I seen the 750 yesterday too at stone aquatics. It looks insane. Crazy heavy too, glad I paid for delivery and assembly lol.
  16. SkyShark

    SkyShark Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Welcome back! Great looking build (buying?) so far.

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  17. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks! I'm pretty stoked lol
  18. HoosierDaddy

    HoosierDaddy Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Congrats on the tank!! Stone Aquatics ordered a 750 XL White one in for me. I am wondering how big that bad boy is?? I guess I should go look at it today. The cool thing about ordering it at Stone is you get points so you can use it on equipment to help offset the cost.. What size return pump are you going to be running for yours?
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  19. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Nice congrats! I wonder if yours is the one I seen last week? I went into stone to check them out for the first time and seen a 750. It's huge! The glass is crazy thick too. i bet that tank weighs 900 pounds alone lol. I went with a 1300 gph return, a Sicce Syncra Silent 5.0 which apparently may be too much? I read the recommendation on the Red Sea specs but apparently that's based on no extra power heads lol. I will be adding a locline splitter to the return too as apparently you kinda have to unless you want the return leaving a bald spot in the sand. Congrats on yours! I went with black since I got the deluxe with the lights. They only come in black so I wanted it all to match.
  20. Cherub

    Cherub Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Minor update, I ended up changing my mind on the H80 sump light. I watched that BRS video about sump lighting and them saying a little light can't compete with big coral growing display lights so algae will be harder to control so i went with the bigger Kessil lol. The H380 and dang this thing is a beast! I foolishly looked into the light for a second and am blind for a few lol...



    I also upgraded to the larger flipper since the glass will be thicker than the 1/2 inch recommendation on the regular flipper.

    I got my Marco Rock too finally.


    So I will start working on that Sunday getting it all arranged. I got the marco cement stuff so once I have a set up I like I will bond it all together then start cooking it in a trash can. Getting closer!

    Got the sand too but that's not as exciting so no pic lol.

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